by Nigel Bakhai on 25 October, 2013
Ealing Council is consulting on plans to expand St John’s Primary School in Felix Road to a 3 form entry school from September 2016 to cope with the additional local demand for school places.
Council officers are developing these plans in conjunction with Rydon and A2 Dominion to encorporate the school rebuild into the Green Man Lane estate regeneration. The existing school is expected to remain in operation on the current site during the construction before moving into a new three storey building.
This summer Ealing Council consulted residents over the plans, and while a majority agreed with the principle of rebuilding the school, a number of people objected to the council’s proposal to build residential flats above the school. As I predicted in my speech in the June council meeting, the council has now backtracked on this aspect of the scheme and, as a result, there will be no residential build above the school, but the proposal will involve building new homes on the existing school site to subsidise the cost of the school expansion.
The Jubilee Children’s Centre will also need to be rebuilt as part of the school redevelopment and the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) will be moved next to the new community buildings.
The consultation is due to end on Friday 8th November before going to Cabinet on 26th November.
A planning application is expected in Spring 2014 and, if approved, the school is expected to take approximately one year to build over the period between Summer 2015 and Summer 2016.
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